What a busy vacation! One whole week of beaching, snorkeling, eating at fancy and not-so-fancy restaurants, hiking, touring, going to festivals, swimming in the pool, shopping, and of course, photographing. But in the very center of all the activity and in the physical center of the island itself I found my center and some restorative peace. We visited the oldest church (rebuilt of course) and while I have mixed feelings about visiting churches on remote islands from outside religions by non-natives, the simplicity and honesty of this one calmed my spirit. There were no bells, whistles, gold leaf or tragic icons to call to the attention of a distant god who might have forgotten them.
Inside was one lone soul praying quietly in the cool shade and whom I did not frame in the photograph.
Behind the church was something even more refreshing and inspiring.
I do not believe in traditional religions but I do believe in the power of prayer. I slowly walked this maze and said to my self with each careful step "Peace on Earth. Goodwill Toward Men." I held in my mind the embassies across the globe with their hardworking diplomatic corps wondering if they will be called home without warning on this day or if they might face a greater challenge through no fault of their own.
And then we took a tourist photo for remembrance.